Information on this page is subject to change and will be updated on a regular basis. 

New national regulations announced - updated 4 November

The Italian authorities have issued a new decree detailing expanded measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The direct impact on the current working of the university is minimal given our compliance with the regional decree of 23 October.  

The schedule and format of classes, as communicated to all students, still stand and will remain stable throughout the period of the decree. Campus will remain open for student use of resources, barring any further updates from local or national authorities.  

The new national decree will potentially have impact on life in Rome for the next few weeks. Please note the following updates carefully, which are in addition to the local restrictions already in place.  

  1. The new daily curfew hours are between 10:00 pm and 5 am. You should not leave your residence during that period unless it is for emergency reasons. Any such emergency requires a self-certification form detailing your reason for being out (downloadable here)
     
  2. The new decree divides Italy into zones: Red Zones (high risk), Orange Zones (intermediate risk), and Yellow Zones (lower risk). Each zone has different requirements, with local lockdowns likely in Red Zones. Travel restrictions will be in place for entering or leaving Orange & Red zones. Rome is currently a Yellow Zone. 
    AUR strongly recommends that students limit any uneccessary travel during this period.
     
  3. The maximum capacity for local public transport (buses, trams, trains) has been set to 50%.
     
  4. All museums and exhibitions are now closed. 
     
  5. Shops in commercial centers (malls) will be closed on Sundays and public holidays.   

These national restrictions will be in place from November 6 until 3 December 2020. We will post updates here of any changes to regulations either nationally or locally.  

New regulations in place to halt the spread of Covid-19 - updated 25 October

The measures outlined below have been taken by the Italian authorities in order to protect public safety and to get Italy quickly back to normal. 
The government has placed a temporary ban (until 24 November) on these activities:

  • Gymnasiums and swimming pools are temporarily closed - physical activities can continue outdoors, respecting social distancing.
  • Theater, cinema and music shows are temporarily suspended until Nov 24. All museums remain open but you should check for any individual institutional restrictions before you visit.
  • Restaurants & bars can be open between 5:00 am and 6:00 pm only. Only 4 people can sit together at a restaurant table unless they live together. Restaurants and pizzerias can deliver food until midnight. Food can be ordered either online or by phone.
  • It is highly recommended not to travel either via public or private transport except for the following reasons: work, study, or health activities which have not been suspended.

You can find the full decree here

Night time curfew for Rome & Lazio region - updated 21 October

Italy's central Lazio region, which includes Rome, is to be placed under curfew at night as regional authorities intensify efforts to curb the spike in covid-19 cases. Lazio governor, Nicola Zingaretti, signed a new order on 20 October that includes a curfew, affecting the entire region.

The curfew operates between the hours of midnight to 05.00. Between those hours you should not leave your residence.

During the curfew, Lazio residents are only permitted to leave home for "reasons of necessity or urgency" such as work or health. They will also need to carry an autodichiarazione, or self-certification form (which you can find on the final page of the issued decree document), to prove their reason for being on the streets.

In addition to the curfew, the new measures include efforts to increase distance learning in high schools and universities.

While the new decree will have an impact on AUR's day-to-day operations, we are working this morning to ensure the best possible learning and working experience for the campus community. Details will be published shortly.

Updated regulations in Italy - 13 October to 13 November - updated 19 October

A new Decree was published by the Italian Government on October 13th. The decree will be in force until November 13th .

http://www.governo.it/sites/new.governo.it/files/dPCM_13_ottobre_2020.

The following are some the most important measures enforced by the decree:

  • masks must be worn at all times, indoors and outdoors
  • social distancing must be respected (1 meter distance) 
  • indoors and outdoors parties are banned
  • no more than 6 guests are allowed in private homes, and masks must be worn in the presence of a person who is not part of the household
  • restaurants and bars must close at midnight and only if people are seated. Bars and pubs with no table service must close at 6 pm.
  • field trips are suspended
  • amateur contact sports are suspended

Update on quarantine period from the Italian Health Ministry on October 12th

http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioNotizieNuovo Coronavirus.jsp?lingua=italiano&id=5117

Positive asymptomatic cases:

Asymptomatic subjects who have tested positive for Covid 19 must isolate for at least 10 days and can return to the community in the case of a negative test carried out at the end of that period (10 days + negative test).

Positive symptomatic cases:

Symptomatic subjects who have tested positive for Covid 19 must isolate for at least 10 days and can return to the community in the case of a negative molecular test taken after at least 3 days without symptoms (10 days, of which at least 3 without symptoms plus a negative test).

Long-term positive cases:

Subjects who no longer have symptoms but continue to test positive to Covid 19 will be able to stop isolation 21 days after the onset of symptoms.

Close asymptomatic contacts:

Subjects who have been contact traced by the ASL due to close contact with a positive case must observe:

  • a 14-day quarantine period from the last exposure to the positive person; or
  • a quarantine period of 10 days from the last exposure to the positive perso,n plus a negative rapid or molecular test carried out on the 10th day.

Quarantine for travelers arriving to Italy from the US remains at 14 days. 

Updated Travel Information from the Italian Foreign Ministry - updated 11 October

The Italian Foreign Ministry has updated the travel information regarding entry to Italy. You an see the updates in detail (in English) at https://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/normativaonline/decreto-iorestoacasa-domande-frequenti/focus-cittadini-italiani-in-rientro-dall-estero-e-cittadini-stranieri-in-italia.html

The main poins are summarized below:
Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain (as per the Order of the Minister of Health of 7 October 2020, in force from 8 October to 15 October 2020): persons entering/returning to Italy from these countries (after staying or transiting in any of these Countries in the 14 days prior to travelling to Italy), besides filling in a self-declaration form, must also:

a) present a declaration to the effect that they have taken a molecular or antigenic swab test, with a negative result, within 72 hours before entering Italy;

alternatively

b) take a molecular or antigenic swab test on arrival at the airport, port, or border location (where possible) or within 48 hours of entering Italy at the competent local health authority surgery.

Persons who stayed or transited in any of these four countries in the 14 days prior to returning to Italy shall also communicate their entry into the Italian territory to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority. The same exceptions set out in article 6(6) and (7) of the DPCM of 7 August 2020, with regard to self-isolation and supervision by the competent health authorities, also apply to mandatory swab tests.

Since 8 October, Croatia, Greece, and Malta are no longer included in this sub-list. On entering Italy from any of these Countries the molecular or antigenic test is no longer required.

Mandatory Mask Wearing Indoors & Outdoors from 3 October - updated 2 October

The Governor of Lazio has signed a directive that makes use of masks mandatory 24/7 indoor and outdoor as of tomorrow, Oct 3, in the Lazio region.
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/20_ottobre_02/coronavirus-lazio-ufficiale-mascherine-obbligatorie-all-aperto-11ff1652-0490-11eb-952f-bb62f0bc5655.shtml

Travel Advice for fall 2020 students at AUR - updated 1 October 2020

AUR recommends not traveling outside Italy for the forthcoming semester. If you do choose to travel outside of Italy, you must inform the AUR Student Life Office of your plans to do so prior to departure. AUR advises all members of the community to limit travel as much as possible to minimize risk of contagion, both for the individual and the greater community.

See full information here.

Welcome back to campus! - updated 20 September 2020

After a summer of intensive preparation and a week of Covid-testing the community (all negative!), the fall 2020 semester finally kicks off tomorrow! We'd just like to take this opportunity to welcome back returning students, faculty, and staff - and to give a really warm welcome new students coming to campus for the first time ... you're going to love it at AUR! 

Student Quick-Guide to Fall 2020 - updated 20 September 2020

Additional information on what a student should do if they dispay Covid-19 symptoms & logistical information on entering & exiting Building B. Read the updates in full here.

Student Quick-Guide to Fall 2020 - updated 7 September 2020

We've just published a 'Quick-Guide' to Fall 2020 & AUR's Covid-19 response. This is designed to provide a summary of the most important points of information regarding behaviors, protocols, and procedures for the Fall 2020 semester at The American University of Rome. You can read it in full here.

AUR to test all students, staff, and faculty for Covid-19 - updated 4 September 2020

For the community's peace of mind and protection, The American University of Rome has arranged mandatory Covid-19 testing for all students, staff, and faculty to take place before the start of the fall semester.  

Through taking this action, AUR will be able to create a snapshot of its community's health and, while it is acknowledged that this in no way negates the necessity for the community to rigorously follow all ongoing health precautions, this decision has been taken to eliminate concerns about asymptomatic individuals potentially spreading the virus on campus at the start of the semester.  

Please note, for those members of the community who are required to quarantine on arrival, the test will be administered at the end of the quarantine period, before entrance to campus. 

AUR’s resident doctor has arranged for qualified nursing staff to administer the rapid swab test over a period of days in order to facilitate testing for the entire community. 
The testing procedure is simple, quick, and test results are available within 30 minutes. Scheduling of testing will be communcated over the next few days.

StudentLife. Quarantining in Rome - updated 4 September 2020

The StudentLife Team at AUR have published a pdf document detailing the quarantine activities for students. Take a look here to see what's in store.

Traveling to AUR for Fall 2020. Updated advice & paperwork - updated 27 August 2020

The Italian government has modified its entry regulations and paperwork requirements for those entering Italy. 

We have set up a dedicated Travel Information page detailing the procedures, as we know them today, for students of various citizenships and points of departure.
Please visit this page and select the section which pertains to you for further details.

StudentLife: Quarantining in Rome - updated 7 August 2020

Unfortunately, but understandably, the 14-day quarantine obligation for students arriving in Rome from third-countries is still in force (see our dedicated Traveling to Rome page to see if this affects you). Of course, you'll be attending your classes virtually, which will keep you busy! However, our amazing Student Life team have been making plans to ensure this is also a social, enjoyable, and community building period! All incoming students will (or have) received an email directly from Student Life with full details - but here's a few of the highlights.

Student Life QuAURantine Activities

  • ​Explore Rome & Italy through a series of shared virtual walking tours, book chats, alumni FB Live visits and more!
  • Get to know each other better through our online Trivia Nights and world-famous Netflix Series quiz.
  • Online Photo / TikTok / Instagram competitions with incredible (and hopefully edible) prizes.
  • Talking of edible, we'll be doing online cookery evenings where some of the Student Life team share their favorite dishes (and how to prepare them).
  • Of course, quarantining and eating needs to be offset with exercise ... we'll have yoga, pilates and regular fitness classes online.
  • We've also gathered together a library of the best in online Italian language & culture lessons/information so that you're ready to avoid that 'hit of air' when you step outside the door ...

Students, look out for the full schedule of activities in your email inbox - and if you want to contribute your own ideas/activities, just drop an email to studentlife@aur.edu

Traveling to AUR for Fall 2020. Information for third-country students - updated 16 July 2020

The Italian government has modified its entry regulations to allow exceptions for several categories of visitors, including students, business persons, EU residents, and relatives of Italian citizens.  Please review the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more specific information in English.  Also please take note of any self-quarantine requirements.

We have set up a dedicated Travel Information page detailing the procedures, as we know them today, for students of various citizenships and points of departure.
Please visit this page and select the section which pertains to you for further details.

Traveling to AUR for Fall 2020. Information for third-country students - updated 6 July 2020

We have now received clarity around the procedures relating to travel to Italy for AUR new and returning students. This information is correct as of 6 July, 2020 but we will update this if and when the situation changes - please check back on a regular basis.
The most important thing to note is that AUR new and returning students  will be free to travel to Italy and  will be able to undertake the semester on campus  with face-to-face instruction.

We have set up a dedicated Travel Information page detailing the procedures, as we know them today, for students of various citizenships and points of departure.
Please visit this page and select the section which pertains to you for further details.

Concerning the potential EU 'travel ban' for third-country students - updated 1 July 2020

We understand that the recent news of an EU 'ban' on travel to Italy by certain countries’ citizens will be of obvious concern. We are working with the relevant authorities in Italy to obtain a definitive, legal statement for how this affects AUR students. However, we are reassured from our conversations and from previous EU directives that students will be allowed to enter Italy and take up their studies as planned
See: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response/travel-and-transportation-during-coronavirus-pandemic/travel-and-eu-during-pandemic_en#exemptions-from-travel-restrictions). 

In essence, and despite the news media reporting, this is not a 'ban' on certain countries, rather, it is a lifting of restrictions for specific countries while other countries, those not specified on the 'allowed' list, will continue to work with the restrictions that were already in place - as per the published statement above.

Our only reservation at this time is the exact paperwork that will be required to prove that a student is a student, with the associated travel rights that status brings, and the procedures that a student from a third-country will be expected to undertake upon arrival. We will be forthcoming with this information as soon as we receive it.

Our intention in this communication is to ease any concerns you might have, and we apologize for the lack of definitive language. Please expect further communication from us over the next few days as the procedural points are clarified - and do not hesitate to email us at admissions@aur.edu if you have any questions whatsoever.

Concerning the potential EU 'travel ban' for American students - updated 27 June 2020

The American University of Rome is aware of the discussions around a travel ban for American citizens currently being held by the EU member states. Based on our constant communication with the US and Italian authorities, we are reassured that newly accepted & returning students will not be adversely impacted and will be able to undertake their travel to Rome for the fall term. We shall immediately update and confirm this once the official rulings are published on July 1. Please contact admissions@aur.edu if you have further questions after July 1.  

Planning & progress for Fall 2020 reopening of campus - updated 26 June 2020

At the very core of what The American University of Rome imparts to students is the ability to think creatively, to problem solve, and to adapt with flexibility to changing circumstances. These skills underpin everything the Liberal Arts stands for. This year, the university and its community have had to practice what we preach, and we have risen to the challenge with humanity, with confidence, and with efficiency.

This unprecedented academic year ended, as always, with our Commencement Exercises. This year, that tradition too had to be addressed with innovation and whole community support, but the result was no less moving and (possibly) even more meaningful than those that preceded it. You can see the results for yourself at https://aur.edu/news/celebrating-class-2020

The upcoming academic year holds no less of a challenge than the end of the last, and thus here we lay out our approach as we continue to provide an outstanding educational experience in an environment of safety and support.

Rome, it should be said, has seen few Covid-19 cases as compared to Northern Italy or to many parts of the U.S. But that does not mean that the campus will operate entirely as normal in the short-term, although we have confidence that the Italian authorities & public are well on their way to overcoming the health crisis and that life will return to normal in 2021.

THE FALL ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The fall term this year will begin on September 21 and end on December 14, with 11 weeks of continuous teaching, although with the same number of class hours. There will also be a long weekend for Thanksgiving, one week of exams and one make-up day. New students will arrive on September 17 for orientation and arrival week activities.

The idea behind the shortened and slightly delayed semester is to provide students more time to obtain visas, if required, and/or get to campus from around the globe.
A detailed calendar breakdown is available here: https://aur.edu/news/new-academic-calendar-fall-2020-aur including detail on why many students may not need a visa for the upcoming semester.

THE AUR ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Our campus will be open and we will be delivering classes in person. In order to maintain continuity of the experiential learning that is the AUR signature, we are exploring delivery modes that will make our in-person classes available to those students who require alternatives. Beyond classes, we are also preparing for our usual stimulating environment, with a full range of activities and events organized by Academic Affairs, Student Life and student clubs. We are mindful that life at AUR is as much about making and renewing connections with friends and colleagues from around the globe.

The following preparations are currently completed or underway

  • Equipping all classrooms with wide-angle webcams, desk microphones, and video conferencing software to allow remote students to view and participate in live classroom lessons in high quality recording conditions.
  • Creating university-wide policies for attendance, participation, and privacy that are sensitive to the needs of remote-access students
  • Enhancing access to electronic library resources that will allow all students to conduct research at a level appropriate to their personal and academic pursuits
  • Conducting in-depth faculty training in alternative teaching modes, such as the flipped classroom and hybrid models, that will support all students equitably
  • Improving our learning management system to support a variety of teaching and learning modes
  • Expanding the range of support services, from the Math and Italian Help Desks and the Writing Center to academic advising and counseling services, for both in-person and remote access

AUR HOUSING

In order to guarantee social distancing, students who have opted to live in AUR housing for the Fall 20, will be housed in single rooms for a maximum of 3 students per apartment.
All apartments will be properly sanitized prior to students’ arrival and cleaning service will be provided once a week.

CAMPUS HEALTH AND SAFETY

The university’s focus is on minimizing and managing the risks from COVID-19, until a vaccine is available, by promoting actions that encourage cooperation and optimize safety. Here are some of the key measures:

Managing campus density.
Through timetabling, classroom allocation, and the logistics of movement around campus, we will work to ensure minimum density wherever possible

Symptom monitoring
Monitoring will be required of all faculty, staff and students on a daily basis upon arrival to campus. Those with the typical symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, aches, etc.) will be required to return home and to follow public-health guidelines, including quarantine.

Social distancing in the classroom
All classrooms have been prepared to meet social distancing requirements. This will mean a reduction in classroom occupancy which, in turn, will both affect class scheduling and extend the day.

Social distancing in public spaces
The jewel of the AUR campus is the Garden. Along with the Student Lounge, these two areas serve as the main social hubs and are heavily used, especially in the warm Fall months. Both areas will be arranged for social distancing.

Traffic flow through the campus
A plan has been drawn up to regulate traffic flow throughout the campus ensuring that classroom exits, stairwells, corridors etc. are designated as unidirectional (entrance or exit only, up or down only etc.):

Face masks
Combined with social distancing, masks are the most effective means to minimize the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The wearing of face masks will be required while on campus.

Cleaning and sanitization 
We have invested in sanitization, disinfectant products and have planned for extra cleanings in all public spaces on campus, including classrooms, restrooms, and study spaces.

High risk community members 
Those who are deemed to be high-risk will work with the university on suitable individual solutions. The health & wellbeing of all members of the community is our highest priority.

 

HEALTHCARE SUPPORT

There are two professional & trusted services available to AUR students:

  • On-campus appointments with our doctor for regular health needs such as first aid and prescription consultation
     
  • Private medical appointments for students who may have Covid-19 symptoms.
    This service is provided as a home-visit to the student’s apartment. If the visiting doctor believes that further intervention is necessary s/he will help students to interact with the Italian health authorities. 

The AUR Counselor will be available to students both for in person and via online consultations.

You can find additional information on health, hygiene, and safety protocols in a previous update on this page 

COMMUNICATIONS

One of the most essential components to ensuring our success this coming year will be timely and pro-active communication to – and between - all of our campus constituents. Expect frequent communications coming from the president's office and on the AUR website. As the summer progresses, we will provide you with regular updates on our preparations for fall and beyond. Always feel free to share your insights or voice your concerns.


Planning & progress for Fall 2020 opening - updated 11 June 2020.

A new Taskforce convened to address AUR's ongoing response to Covid-19

A Planning and Response Task Force, made up of staff members from across our community, has been created and charged with the management of the Fall 2020 semester. AUR is making changes in order to ensure that we provide a safe and secure environment across campus, in the classrooms, and at student apartments. The taskforce will develop plans to respond to various scenarios, including emergency situations, with efficiency and effectiveness so that all students, parents, faculty, and staff can be confident that AUR meets the very best standards possible.

The taskforce will:

  1. Review the current operational organization of campus.
  2. Plan and carry out necessary physical changes and purchase protective equipment and sanitary materials to follow government requirements for a safe environment for all.
  3. Work closely with the academic and student life offices to coordinate classroom & campus protocols & procedures.
  4. Communicate all planning to relevant constituents.
  5. Respond with efficiency and effectiveness in the event of an emergency.

Access to Health Professionals at AUR

There are two services available to AUR students:

  1. On-campus appointments with our doctor for regular health needs such as first aid and prescription consultation
  2. Private doctor appointments for students who may have Covid-19 symptoms.
    This service is provided as a home-visit to the student’s apartment. If the visiting doctor believes that further intervention is necessary s/he will help students to interact with the Italian health authorities. 

Entering or visiting the AUR campus

Before entering AUR’s campus all staff, faculty, students, and visitors will be checked for body temperature.
If an individual's temperature exceeds 37.5°, access to the campus will not be permitted.

Further, anyone who, in the previous 14 days

  • has had symptoms of a respiratory illness
  • has had contact with subjects who have tested positive for COVID-19
  • or who have been to areas at risk according to WHO guidelines

will be denied access to AUR (as per Gov. Decree-Law No 6 of 23/02/2020, Article 1(h) and (i)).

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19 infection will be required to submit a medical certificate showing negative swab results before being granted access to the campus.

Life on campus

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks on campus and respect social distancing regulations.

  • Social distancing in the classroom
    All classrooms have been prepared to ensure that social distancing requirements are adhered to. Classroom occupancy has been reduced to facilitate this.
  • Social distancing in public spaces
    All community social spaces have been prepared to ensure social distancing regulations are adhered to. AUR staff will monitor and regulate these public spaces for added assurance.
  • Traffic flow through the campus.
    A plan is being drawn up to regulate traffic flow throughout the campus ensuring that classroom exits, stairwells, corridors etc. are designated as unidirectional (entrance or exit only, up or down only etc.).

Cleaning & Hygiene on campus

  • During the summer, the entire AUR campus will undergo a 'deep clean & sanitization' process
  • Throughout the summer and for the forseeable future, cleaning and disinfection of the university’s internal and external areas will be intensified
  • Hand soap will be amply provided in bathrooms and hand sanitizer will be available at multiple points around campus
  • Cleaning kits will be supplied for each employee and in every classroom with directions for best use
  • Faculty and staff are undergoing thorough training concerning new campus regulations, actions to taken, and protocols around ensuring ongoing health & safety